ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Third in a series of Explore Your World books, this one is an enthusiastic and engrossing book about fossils and the stories they tell of ancient lifeforms - in fact, fossils are time machines! It's a collaboration between Tim and his daughter, who caught fossil fever early in her life. The first part of the book deals with basic concepts, then takes the reader for a breathless ride through the ages (the sides of the pages are colour tabbed timeframes: Precambrian, Mesozoic and Cenozoic). Packed full of interesting information and colourful illustrations, and with the occasional Flannery File where Tim relates something fascinating from his experience as a fossil hunter, it is heavy on Australian examples of palaeontology as well as global. This is a brilliant book aimed at readers 8-12. Lindy
Professor Tim Flannery is one of the world's leading scientists, explorers and conservationists. He has held positions in renowned institutions across Australia and internationally, including Director of the South Australian Museum, Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Australian Museum. He was named Australian of the Year in 2007. He has published more than thirty books, including the award-winning Here on Earth (2010), The Weather Makers (2005) and Atmosphere of Hope (2015). He is a frequent presenter on ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC, and has also written and presented several series on the Documentary Channel. This is his third book for children. Emma Flannery is a scientist and writer whose curiosity for the natural world has seen her travel and work in some of its most wild and interesting places. She has explored caves, forests and oceans across most of the globe's continents in search of the elusive fossils, animals and plants that help us understand our planet and who we are in it. With postgraduate experience in geology, chemistry and palaeontology, Emma's research and writing has been published in scientific journals, children's books and a number of museum-based adult education tours. She has worked for and with universities, government agencies and museums. She is the co-founder of Museophilliac, an independent curatorial service that has produced programs for the City of Sydney and the Australian Museum, aimed at bringing science to life for a range of audiences. Her passion for science has an infectious and playful enthusiasm that inspires curiosity in children and adults alike. She hopes to continue to produce fun and accessible science communication. Maude Guesne grew up in a small town not far from Bretagne, in France. She studied graphic design and illustration at Brassart College of Art before embarking on her career in illustration in Paris. Maude has always been passionate about travelling, nature and seeing the world. On her adventures as a travelling illustrator she has lived and worked in many different places, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Africa. Maude now lives in Groningen, in the Netherlands, where her studio is surrounded by nature, windmills and bikes. Maude is always exploring with a pen or camera, and finds constant inspiration in the natural world around her. She loves to draw animals and whimsical characters, and is passionate about using textures and colours to tell stories with her art. Her illustrations are always imbued with a touch of humour and sparkle.